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The Bastrop County Courthouse in Bastrop is designed in classical revival style. Built in 1883, the  Courthouse and Jail Complex were listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 1975.
The Bastrop County Courthouse in Bastrop is designed in classical revival style. Built in 1883, the Courthouse and Jail Complex were listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 1975.
Map of Texas highlighting Bastrop County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1837
Named for Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop
Seat Bastrop
Largest city Elgin
 • Total 896 sq mi (2,320 km2)
 • Land 888 sq mi (2,300 km2)
 • Water 7.4 sq mi (19 km2)  0.8%
 • Total 97,216
 • Density 108.50/sq mi (41.892/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 10th, 17th, 27th
Bastrop County, TX, Courthouse IMG 0516
Closeup view of the Bastrop County Courthouse, located across from the Roman Catholic Church in Bastrop
Confederate obelisk at Bastrop County, TX, Courthouse IMG 0521
Obelisk commemorating Bastrop County soldiers in the army of the Confederate States of America is located on the courthouse grounds
Veterans Memorial at Bastrop County, TX, Courthouse IMG 0518
Veterans Memorial at Bastrop County Courthouse
Bastrop County, TX, Historical Museum IMG 0501
The Bastrop County Historical Museum in Bastrop periodically changes its exhibits

Bastrop County is located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is in Central Texas and its county seat is Bastrop.

As of the 2020 census, the population was 97,216. Bastrop County is included in the AustinRound Rock, Texas, metropolitan statistical area.

Boundary changes

From January 8, 1836 to December 13, 1837, the Municipality and County of Mina consisted of parts of present-day Mason, Kimble, Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Gillespie, Blanco, Comal, Hays, Travis, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee, Gonzales, Fayette, Washington, and Lavaca counties. On December 14, 1837, the Second Congress of the Republic of Texas passed legislation changing the geographical limits, creating Fayette County, removing Gonzales and Caldwell Counties from the boundaries and, five months later, added parts of Kimble and Comal Counties. On December 18, 1837, Sam Houston signed an act incorporating the town of Mina and, on the same day, changing the name of the county and town of Mina to Bastrop. May 24, 1838 to January 24, 1840, shows the borders of Bastrop County to contain parts of present-day Blanco, Burnet, Williamson, Travis, Hays, Comal, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee, Gonzales and Fayette counties. From January 25, 1840 to January 25, 1850 the border changed to almost its present size with a small portion of Lee, Williamson, Caldwell, Gonzales and Fayette counties included. TxGenWeb


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 896 square miles (2,320 km2), of which 888 square miles (2,300 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,099
1860 7,006 126.1%
1870 12,209 74.3%
1880 17,215 41.0%
1890 20,736 20.5%
1900 26,845 29.5%
1910 25,344 −5.6%
1920 26,649 5.1%
1930 23,888 −10.4%
1940 21,610 −9.5%
1950 19,622 −9.2%
1960 16,925 −13.7%
1970 17,297 2.2%
1980 24,726 42.9%
1990 38,263 54.7%
2000 57,733 50.9%
2010 74,171 28.5%
2020 97,216 31.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Bastrop County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 42,446 45,751 57.23% 47.06%
Black or African American alone (NH) 5,535 5,460 7.46% 5.62%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 315 312 0.42% 0.32%
Asian alone (NH) 449 718 0.61% 0.74%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 54 63 0.07% 0.06%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 115 417 0.16% 0.43%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,067 3,011 1.44% 3.10%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 24,190 41,484 32.61% 42.67%
Total 74,171 97,216 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Historical research

Bastrop County has several societies and associations dedicated to preserving historical information and sites.


Central Texas Airport has been proposed about ten miles 10 miles (16 km) NW of the town of Bastrop, but has met with local opposition.

Major highways

  • US 290.svg U.S. Highway 290
  • Texas 21.svg State Highway 21
  • Texas 71.svg State Highway 71
  • Texas 95.svg State Highway 95
  • Texas 304.svg State Highway 304

Recreational facilities



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

In popular culture

Several Hollywood feature films and notable independent films have used locations in Bastrop County.

Year Film Top Billed Cast Location
1974 Lovin' Molly Anthony Perkins, Blythe Danner Bastrop
1975 The Great Waldo Pepper Robert Redford, Bo Svenson Elgin
1994 Love and a .45 Gil Bellows, Renée Zellweger Bastrop (Gas station)
1995 The Big Green Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo Elgin
1996 Courage Under Fire Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan Bastrop
1996 The Whole Wide World Vincent D'Onofrio, Renée Zellweger Bastrop
1997 The Only Thrill Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard Bastrop
1998 The Dentist 2 Corbin Bernsen, Jillian McWhirter Smithville
1998 Home Fries Drew Barrymore, Luke Wilson Bastrop
1998 Hope Floats Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr. Smithville
1999 Varsity Blues James Van Der Beek, Amy Smart Elgin
1999 The Soul Collector Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Gilbert Bastrop
2004 Friday Night Lights Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black Elgin
2004 The Alamo Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton Bastrop
Jim Small's Big Thicket (Lake camp scenes)
Steiner Ranch (Bexar & Alamo scenes)
2006 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Amber Heard, Anson Mount Bastrop
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds Bastrop (T. A. Hasler House)
2009 The Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn Smithville
2009 Friday the 13th (2009 film) Jared Padalecki, Derek Mears Camp
2010 Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black Bastrop
2013 Prince Avalanche Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch Bastrop
2014 Boyhood Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke Bastrop


The following school districts serve Bastrop County:

  • Bastrop Independent School District
  • Elgin Independent School District (partial)
  • Lexington Independent School District (partial)
  • McDade Independent School District
  • Smithville Independent School District (partial)

Austin Community College is the designated community college for most of the county. Areas in Lexington ISD are in Blinn Junior College District.

See also

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